By Amy Marcos | Photo: Sam Carter
This year’s annual Tallahassee Farm Tour, hosted by Millstone Plantation, is this upcoming weekend, Saturday the 12th, and Sunday the 13th. Celebrating its 12th year, this free event includes 30 local farms, orchards, ranches, and gardens, including a number of new sites to visit. The farm tour includes visiting our local sites with petting zoos, gardens, activities, hay rides, workshops, locally-grown produce for purchase, and more. Here’s how you can get the most out of this fun, family-friendly 2-day event.
Make an itinerary — Given that many of the sites are spread across the North Florida and South Georgia area, much driving is involved, and creating a detailed itinerary for the day(s) is crucial to getting the most out of this tour. Planning to visit sites in the same county or city back-to-back, and making sure to check the hours of operation for each individual site is important.
Take a map — On country roads, your wireless GPS may not receive a signal. For this reason, take a map with you wherever you plan to drive on the tour.
Dress accordingly — Farms, gardens, orchards, and cattle ranches are not for dressing to the nines. Wearing closed-toed shoes, sunscreen if needed, and bringing a hat are all good ideas to consider when dressing for the tour.
Bring cash — Not all sites involved in the farm tour take credit or debit cards to pay for produce and other items they might have for purchase. Be sure to bring paper money with you.
Check the weather — Given Florida’s fickle weather, checking the weather (and dressing accordingly), is important to do when planning and attending the farm tour.
Leave the pets at home — While this tour might sound like a fun event to bring your pets to, it is better to leave them at home. Unfamiliar environments, masses of people, and farm animals will scare them, and could endanger themselves or others.
A complete list of participating parties, hours of operation, and more, can be found here.